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Exclamation Baja 500 OFFICIAL Results - Gordon Drops to 7th

Speeding in a race? Not allowed. Well, actually it's highway penalties and they are there for safety reasons. But over a dozen drivers changed positions after SCORE officials took a look at their GPS units that had been recording their routes and speeds during the race. Check it out -

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Baja 500 Update: Official Results In, Letner Wins Overall, Johnson Trophy Truck - Robby Gordon moves to 7th after Baja 500 Official Results are Posted - Competition - Racing and Rock Crawling

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Gordon Protests; Will Appeal Penalties

Charlotte, NC (June 12, 2009) – We are deeply disappointed with SCORE’s decision and reject their claims in the strongest possible terms. We plan an immediate appeal of this unjust decision.

Robby Gordon's Response to SCORE's Alleged Accusations - - Competition - Racing and Rock Crawling

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SCORE Responds to Gordon Press Release

Published on June 12 2009
Gordon Received Penalty for Fueling on Highway

#77 Robby Gordon issued a press release today stating that his stationary pit
near race mile 290 at the recent Baja 500 was in compliance with SCORE rules.

SCORE has NOT called into question the legality of the stationary pit. However, the manner in which the race vehicle was actually serviced is clearly illegal.

Highway 1 is the major north/south highway on the Baja Peninsula. The highway is not closed during the race, but remains open to local traffic. SCORE receives permission from the Mexican Federal Highway Police to incorporate transitional highway sections into the race course. This permission is subject to a 60 MPH speed limit, as well as safe and prudent conduct by racers while running on the various highway sections.

Video of the incident shows that Gordon came to a complete stop directly in the middle of the northbound lane of the highway and members of his pit crew ran onto the highway and fueled his race vehicle with a portable fuel container and performed visual checks.

For obvious reasons, this type of behavior is completely unacceptable. Needless to say, it creates a very dangerous situation to have pit crew members running around with fuel on the public highway servicing a race vehicle that has stopped in the middle of the highway lane.

The highway in the area was the actual race course and it is illegal under SCORE rules to make a pit stop on the race course. All pitting should have occurred in Gordon's legal fixed stationary pit, which was apparently a mere 50 feet away.

We wonder how NASCAR would respond if Robby stopped on the track during a race at the California Speedway and his crew ran onto the track to service his race vehicle?

Aside from the serious potential safety consequences, this type of behavior also aggravates SCORE's relationship with the Mexican Federal Highway Police.

Video of the incident can be viewed at:

YouTube - Robby Gordon baja 500 fuel splash



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Video is interesting - wonder who shot it, who brought it to SCORE's attention?



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More SCORE Officials Motorcycle Results

Since Thursday, June 11, SCORE has issued official results from this year’s Tecate Baja 500, and in an unprecedented move the organization has made sweeping changes to the unofficial results after careful review of the IRC tracking data for each race team. Course deviation, excessive highway speed and other infractions have been enforced and have resulted in major changes in the finishing order. Over the weekend, SCORE updated more classes to what was initially released on June 11. Click here for more information on the Trophy Truck and Class 1 changes, and click here for Class 3, 5, Motorcycle Class 22 and ATV Class 25.

Class 21 Motorcycle
1. Bill Boyer (unofficially 4th) – No Penalties
2. Shane Esposito (unofficially 1st) – Course Deviations
3. Baron Pickett (unofficially 6th) – Course Deviation, Hwy Speed
4. Chad Thornton (unofficially 10th) – Course Deviation
5. Ronnie Wilson (unofficially 5th) – Insufficient Data, Hwy Speed
6. Evan Heath (unofficially 9th) – Course Deviation, Hwy Speed
7. Jeremy Purvines (unofficially 3rd) – Course Deviations, Hwy Speed
8. Dan Troy (unofficially 11th) – Course Deviation, Hwy Speed
9. Carlos Casas (unofficially 2nd) – Course Deviation, Hwy Speed
10. Jorge Perez C. (unofficially 7th) – Course Deviation, Hwy Speed
11. Carlos Becerril (unofficially 8th) – No Tracking Device at Finish Line

Class 60 Motorcycle
1. Richard Jackson (unofficially 1st) – Course Deviation
2. Don Lewis (unofficially 2nd) – Course Deviation, Hwy Speed
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